18 Aug 7 ways to discover your passions and create more happiness
I don't think everyone can necessarily make a living out of what they love to do.
But I do think we can all learn to love what we do more; and I know that if we find ways to follow and pursue our passions, both in paid employment and in other ways, that we'll enjoy more happiness in our lives!
And who doesn't want more happiness? Especially if/when it comes from doing more of what we love!
So check out this great Huffington Post article that outlines 7 ways we can generate more positivity and happiness by discovering and following our passions…
by Liv Raimonde
For many years I struggled with depression, and for many years I received the same question over and over again. "Why do you feel depressed?" "Depression is complex," I would try to explain. There was no simple explanation I could give; no definition I could dictate from the dictionary. Depression isn't static; it morphs and changes from person to person and from situation to situation.
After many years of self reflection I learned that the main character in my drama of depression was not sadness but actually apathy and indifference. I spent many years of my life feeling hardly anything at all; not joy or sadness, despair or hope. I was lingering in an emotional purgatory, watching my family, friends and acquaintances move through life full of energy and emotions. I knew my lack of this was a fatal flaw in my personal makeup but for the longest time I could not figure out why.
For awhile I chalked it up genetics. I was born this way, into an apathetic existence where I felt indifference to a majority of things in my life. However as I spent more time watching others pursue their own happiness it dawned on me that my feelings had nothing to do with genetics at all. The root of my problem was in fact much simpler than I could ever imagine. I had yet to discover my passion. While this realization was simple the road to discovering what this passion was and how I could attain it was much harder and provided many more obstacles to overcome than I originally expected.
I am still on this path to discovering my passion and my own pursuit of happiness. It is a long road and one I will be traveling on for my entire life, a unique journey I must create for myself. Along the way I have uncovered seven things I feel are crucial to overcoming life's obstacles, discovering our passions and staying focused on the correct path for you.
1. Confront your fears.
Do not spend your life avoiding, hiding or running away from them for they will always be close behind. Even when you think you have traveled great lengths to escape your fears mentally and physically they will still influence your thoughts and actions. Fear is a lack of knowledge; we fear the unknown because we do not yet understand it. With knowledge we can build confidence that can eradicate our fears and open up room for new opportunities.
2. Do not dwell on the past or regrets.
They will only hold you back. Every choice, decision and event in this world has a purpose. As long as you learn from past experiences and mistakes you will find yourself walking away with more knowledge and less fear. Letting go of the past will ultimately allow you to move forward in your pursuit of happiness…
…keep reading the full & original article HERE